Thank You Dad For Being My Role Model And Biggest Supporter

Thank You Dad For Being My Role Model And Biggest Supporter

I have, and always will look up to you!

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There's no one in the world who understands me quite like you do. You're the funniest person I know, besides myself (of course), yet I owe it all to you.

There's no one I'd rather make fun of mom's crazy diction with and her additional syllables in certain words.

And speaking of words, I love that you have your own language that only a few select people understand. You take acronyms and bring them to a whole new phonetic world. You say words wrong just for the fun of it and I have unfortunately adopted this habit. I'll be complaining about how the Gnats are bad outside or how I'll need a Knife to cut my steak. Both the G and K sounded out, respectively. Sounds crazy? Well to my family it sounds normal, which is crazy.

But besides the multitude of phonetic and grammatical obstacles that you've created for my journalism major, you have supported me 100%. Growing up you always told me I should strive for something big. Something that would make me a lot of money. However, I'm sure journalism was not the major you had in mind. But thankfully you have made me feel nothing less of fully capable to create a beautiful and valuable life for myself. You believe in me and you push me to do better.

You have taught me to never settle for anything less than my wildest dreams and thanks to you I feel that I am striving for that greatness, always.

You are the most hardworking person in my life with the biggest heart and you still have time to laugh. That's what I am striving for in life.

Thank you for inspiring me to do everything I set my mind to. It's a word of advice that you're not only giving me, but you accomplished on your own. I love you, Dad.

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Dear Dad,

You’ve gone a really long time without being thanked. I'm not talking about thanks for things like opening the Gatorade bottle I couldn't or checking my tires when my car’s maintenance light is flashing, but rather the thanks I owe you for shaping me into the person I am today.

Thank you for teaching me what I deserve and for not letting me settle for anything less.

While the whole world was telling me I wasn’t good enough, you were there to tell me I was. Whether this was with boys, a friend, or anything else, you always built my confidence to a place I couldn’t build it to on my own. You showed me what my great qualities were and helped me feel unique. But most of all, you never let me settle for anything less than what I deserved, even when I wanted to. Without you, I wouldn’t be nearly as ambitious, outgoing or strong.

Thank you for giving me someone to make proud.

It’s hard to work hard when it’s just for myself, but so easy when it’s for you. All through school, nothing made me happier than getting a good grade back because I knew I got to come home and tell you. With everything I do, you give me a purpose.

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Thank you for showing me what selflessness looks like.

You are the prime example of what putting your family first looks like. If me wanting something means that you can’t get what you want, you’ll always sacrifice. From wearing the same t-shirts you’ve had since I was in elementary school so I could buy the new clothes I wanted, to not going out with your friends so you could come to my shows, you never made a decision without your family at the forefront of your mind. If there is one quality you have that I look up to you for the most, it’s your ability to completely put your needs aside and focus entirely on the wants of others.

Thank you for being the voice in the back of my head that shows me wrong from right.

Even though many of your dad-isms like “always wear a seatbelt” easily get old, whenever I’m in a situation and can’t decide if what I’m doing is right or wrong, I always can hear you in the back of my head pointing me in the right direction. While I may not boost your ego often enough by telling you you’re always right, you are.

Thank you for being real with me when nobody else will.

Being your child hasn’t always been full of happiness and encouragement, but that’s what makes you such an integral part of my life. Rather than sugarcoating things and always telling me I was the perfect child, you called me out when I was wrong. But what separates you from other dads is that instead of just knocking me down, you helped me improve. You helped me figure out my faults and stood by me every step of the way as I worked to fix them.

Most of all, thank you for showing me what a great man looks like.

I know that marriage may seem very far down the road, but I just want you to know that whoever the guy I marry is, I know he’ll be right because I have an amazing guy to compare him to. I know you’re not perfect (nobody is), but you’ve raised me in a such a way that I couldn’t imagine my kids being raised any differently. Finding a guy with your heart, drive, and generosity will be tough, but I know it will be worth it.


Dad, you’re more than just my parent, but my best friend. You’re there for me like nobody else is and I couldn’t imagine being where I am now without you.

Love you forever,

Your little girl

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A Deeper Meaning To The So Called 'Useless Information' My Father Reiterated So Many Times

Turns out, there is so much to learn from these "basic facts" he claimed to be common sense.

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To my dad, yes I paid attention to you (sometimes).

My dad knows information on a variety of subjects that I will even admit are kind of boring to the rest of the world's population. However, even though I found this a little bit annoying while I was growing up, many of these bits and pieces of information have stuck with me even today.

On road trips, when we just wanted to sleep or watch movies, he would point out and draw our attention to the historical aspects of the landmarks we would drive past. All of us would (of course) roll our eyes and even question "how" or more like "WHY do you know that?" ... or more importantly "are we there yet?"

The longer I spend away from home, the more I think about everything that I learned in my eighteen years spent under the same roof as my parents. Something in particular that stuck with me that was really important to my dad was quoting poetry. You would say one word and he could quote this several stanza poem. Can you say insanity?

My dad said on multiple occasions that a true proof of intelligence is the ability to quote poetry. Whether it was something simple, like driving to school on a foggy morning, he would quote Carl Sandburg's "Fog."


The fog comes on little cat feet...
- Cal Sandburg

This one was easy to catch on, but my dad once bribed me, my brother, and even my childhood best friend to memorize Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's "Paul Revere's Ride," which by the way, is MUCH longer than the poem I previously just mentioned. This was a historical concept that my dad wanted us to learn about that was offered in this poem.

On the flip side, the poems he quoted also could have been a deeper meaning like when my dad would (of course on a snowy evening) mention Robert Frost's "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening." Now, THIS one was always one of my favorites because of the rhythm and imagery embedded within it.

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
- Robert Frost

Of course, the whole idea of poetry is that each person who reads it takes it in from a different perspective. If you try to discover what the author was truly trying to say, you ruin the art, curiosity, and imagination that it exhibits.

Now that I am older, I regret shutting out the information that my dad would effortlessly reveal to us, but I am grateful for paying attention when I did. I know that this poem by Robert Frost, in particular, will stick with me for a while and will remain one of my favorites not only because my father repeated it so many times, but also there are so many lessons to be learned from it. After all, I really do not think this poem is only talking about the weather.

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